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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. More »

  • Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure

    Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »

2012 ORV Permits Go On Sale December 16

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Date: November 28, 2011
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

The 2012 Off-road Vehicle (ORV) permits for Big Cypress National Preserve will go on sale Friday, December 16. Once purchased, permits are valid through January, 31 2013. Permits did not sell out in 2011, therefore, there is no need to submit lottery requests. 2012 permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Renewal forms should not be submitted until after December 16.

If your ORV is required to be inspected you may obtain permits at the ORV Office located at the Oasis Visitor Center. If your vehicle does not require an inspection you may submit your renewal request and payment by following the guidance on the ORV Permit Renewal Form at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/upload/2012-13-ORV-Permit-Renewal-Form.pdf

We remind all ORV permitees that travel in the backcountry is along designated trails only. Travel off designated trails will result in permit suspension and possible fines. For more information on the designated trail network go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/designated-trail-implementation.htm

For more information on ORV permitting and use in the Preserve go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/orv-use.htm, or contact the ORV Office at 239-695-1205.

Did You Know?


The white-tailed deer has a vertical leap of nine feet! This is a useful skill to have when evading predators. How high can you jump?